Wales launches £405k fund for youth volunteers

Teenagers will influence spending decisions

The Welsh Assembly Government has opened a £405,000 fund to support youth volunteering and says it will give 16-25 year-olds a say in how it is spent.

The fund, from the Department for Social Justice and Local Government, will offer grants of up to £10,000 to organisations setting up new youth volunteering projects and up to £5,000 for groups promoting volunteering opportunities to young people.

The fund will be run through GwirVol, a partnership of 20 organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors, administered by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action.

The £500,000 pot the grant money is drawn from was announced in March.

The body will be led by GwirForce, a panel of young people that promotes volunteering opportunities in Wales. The panel is supported by youth volunteer advisers in Welsh local authorities.

Brian Gibbons, minister for social justice and local government, said he hoped youth volunteering would become "a key development in the social and economic future of Wales".

The deadline for applications is 30 June.

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